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Palm Beach County Votes To Extend Uber’s Temporary Contract And Let State Decide What To Do

Good news for Uber users in Palm Beach County. 

The County Commission voted 5-1 Tuesday to allow the ride-hailing service to continue operating under a temporary contract.

Uber drivers will be allowed to pick up and drop off in the county until March 2016—or at least until the state decides what to do. 

“We can all agree it would be nice if the legislature addressed all these issues, which are regional if not statewide in general,” Commissioner Steven Abrams said, according to the Palm Beach Post. “We’re not sure if they will.”

Earlier this month, Gov. Rick Scott said he would support a state law that would allow companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in Florida. 

“Next session I know the legislature is going to look at this and from my standpoint as long as it's fair to companies and consumers and safe for consumers I'm going to be very supportive,” Scott said, according to the Orlando Sentinel. 

Uber had been approved to operate in Palm Beach County from March 10 through Sept. 30 without any regulations on background checks or insurance.

The decision to extend the contract should please Uber, considering company reps previously said they were happy with the terms.

“We think the temporary operating agreement is working,” an Uber official told The Palm Beacher in July.  

Uber has been a hot topic in Palm Beach County, as neighboring Broward County has faced backlash for backing regulations that prompted the service—and competitor Lyftto stop service in the area. 

Broward County officials gave the initial OK to a more Uber-friendly law earlier this month, but after failing to come to a conclusion after a (very) long meeting on Sept. 17, the issue has been put on hold until Oct. 13. 

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